All inclusive Highlights of Antarctica

From Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires
  • All Antarctic Cruises
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Expedition
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Experience the highlights of the Antarctica Continent; polar landscapes, glaciers, icebergs, penguins and other Antarctica wildlife on this all inclusive cruise package, flying from New Zealand or Australia.

Fly to Buenos Aires, where your adventure begins, soak up the local Latin American vibes in this funky city, often referred to as the Paris of South America. Join a charter flight to Ushuaia, where the MS Fridtjof Nansen* is waiting to take you to Antarctica. Fridtjof Nansen is a state of the art, next generation expedition vessel, using a battery hybrid powered propulsion system.  This vessel is specifically designed to take you to remote regions like Antarctica in comfort; with an onboard science centre, 3 restaurants, gym, wellness centre, large indoor and outdoor observation decks, infinity pool and hot tubs. All cabins onboard are outside cabins and over half of them have private balconies.

After crossing the Drake passage, five awe inspiring days will be spent in Antarctica, the peninsula and the South Shetland Islands, with plenty of time for shore landings on the frozen white continent. We explore the icy bays, looking for penguins colonies, seals, whales, sea birds and more. Explore by zodiac and get up close to wildlife, glaciers and more! Perhaps even opt to kayak or hike in Antarctica.

See the outstanding sights of Antarctica on this magical Highlights of the Antarctica expedition.

 *note: 1 Jan 2023 & 28 Feb 2023 departures will be on MS Roald Amundsen

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Experience summer in Antarctica with an experienced expedition team delivering lectures onboard and accompany you on landings. While sailing on a hybrid-powered expedition ship creates the lowest possible CO2 footprint.

Plenty of time to see the wildlife, enjoy time observing penguins and their antics! Zodiac cruise to see glaciers and icebergs, and shore landings!

"Everything is taken care of, so just relax and enjoy, including 5 full days in Antarctica, you will be overwhelmed by the beauty!" Tara, Team Viva

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Buenos Aires Arrival

After your flight from Australia or New Zealand, arrive in Buenos Aires and be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

*Departure Cities: SYD/MEL/BNE/AKL/CHC
Available for a AUD $300 PP surcharge: ADL/PER/CNS/DRW/HBA/LST/CBR/WLG

**flight times will be available approx 11 months prior, Business class upgrades can be quoted when flight schedules are available

Day 2
Experience Buenos Aires

Enjoy a day at leisure in Buenos Aires, the lovely capital of Argentina. Check out the well-preserved Italian and French architecture, order delicious beef in one of the many great steakhouses and maybe practise your dancing moves in the famous hometown of tango. Make sure to embrace the heat from this sensuous city, because it is about to get much colder.

Day 3
Fly to Ushuaia

Late nighters beware, we fly early in the morning to Ushuaia where hybrid-powered expedition ship MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits you. This port city competes with Chilean Puerto Williams for the seemingly coveted title of the southernmost city in the world. The Martial Glacier sits north of the city, creating an impressive mountain backdrop for the ‘end of the world’.

After a mandatory health and safety meeting on board the ship, kick off your journey with a welcome dinner hosted by the Expedition Team. You can then spend some time getting to know the ship that will be your home for the next several days.

Day 4-5
Drake Passage Crossing

In order to get to Antarctica, we have to cross the infamous Drake Passage. It was named after the English sea captain and privateer Sir Francis Drake who discovered it by chance in 1578 when his ship was taken south by heavy winds. Since there is no landmass at this latitude, wind and water roam freely, making it hard for ships to sail here. But don’t worry, even the ‘Drake Shake’ isn’t a big deal for our modern expedition ship.

It takes two days to cross the roughly 1000-km-wide Drake Passage. So, you’ll have some time on your hands, which is definitely a good thing as there is plenty to do to get ready for your Antarctic adventure. The Expedition Team will start their lecture programme in the Science Center, drawing on decades of experience to teach you how to make your visit as safe and as sustainable as possible. As per IAATO guidelines, we will all wear sterilised rubber boats when ashore and ensure we vacuum our clothing beforehand to remove any possible foreign contaminants. You will also learn about the various hands-on Citizen Science projects you can get involved in, all of which feed into live research and current science.

MS Fridtjof Nansen, lies at your feet to be explored as well, quite literally. Work out in the indoor or outdoor gym, or order a spa treatment in our Wellness Area. There are also three superb restaurants on board where you can enjoy delicious meals that are a treat for your eyes and your taste buds. But even with all these mod cons, don’t forget to head out on deck from time to time to look for your first iceberg, and to spot wildlife like whales, numerous types of petrels and albatrosses.

Day 6-10
Explore Antarctica

Welcome to Antarctica. Being here, surrounded by icy waters, glaciers and icebergs big as cathedrals will probably make you feel like you’ve landed in a completely new world. Antarctica is magnificent, mesmerising and massive. You might need to stop for a moment to be able to take it all in. That awe-inspired silence is inevitably broken though when you see the first signs of wildlife like penguins, whales or seals and enthusiastic cheers erupt spontaneously all across the ship.

Just as the icescapes of Antarctica change through its seasons, so does its wildlife. In late spring from October to November, there will be much more snow, making the landscapes seem even more pristine. This forms the backdrop of penguin courting and nest building. Whales are still few and far in between during this time, most of them still on their way and beginning to arrive in greater numbers by December and January. Arrival of more whales marks the height of summer which is also when the first penguin chicks hatch. Seeing the clumsy clumps of feathers run around and is always a charming sight. February and March are the peak of whale-watching opportunities, when large amounts of krill lure them to the area.


When we get here, the Expedition Team will seize every chance to take you ice-cruising and on landings to get closer to the impressive scenery and wildlife. Spotting penguins from the ship is already an experience, which becomes even more wonderous when you go ashore to see them. It’s the same if a seal or whale suddenly appears next to you when cruising in our smaller explorer boats or when kayaking as part of an optional activity. Needless to say; keep your camera close at all times. To enhance your feeling of discovery, the Expedition Team will talk expertly about fascinating subjects like the frozen continent’s history, the biology of local wildlife, and glaciology.

Day 11-12
Return to Ushuaia

After having explored remote and wild Antarctica over five days, we will be due to sail back for home. By this point, both your head and your heart will be filled with lifelong memories. You’ll hopefully also have captured many of these special moments on your camera. Crossing back over the Drake Passage, you’ll probably spend the next couple of days going through those pictures just to try and stay in Antarctica a little longer. The Expedition Team will also be doing the same as they recap the journey’s many experiences over in the Science Center. Working out is also a great way of processing everything you have seen, or maybe let your mind wander back to Antarctica in the Explorer Lounge and Bar?

Day 13
Buenos Aires

Your expedition cruise reaches its end as we return to Ushuaia. From here, you join a transfer to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires and a second chance to experience the Argentine capital. Upon arrival from your charter flight you will be transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay

Day 14
Depart Buenos Aires

Enjoy a day at leisure in Buenos Aires before being transferred to the airport for your flight back to Australia or New Zealand.

Expected arrival date back into Australia and New Zealand is 2 days after the departure from South America

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 2 Overnights in Buenos Aires before the expedition cruise, including breakfast
  • Included Copy 20 1 Overnight in Buenos Aires after the expedition cruise, including breakfast
  • Included Copy 20 10 nights onboard MS Fridtjof Nansen in your selected cabin
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water)
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Included Copy 31 À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Round-trip flights in economy class from selected cities in Australia or New Zealand to Buenos Aires
  • Included Copy 20 Round-trip flights in economy class between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • Included Copy 20 Transfers in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary Wi-Fi on board * please be aware in remote areas connection is limited
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • Included Copy 20 Range of included excursions
  • Included Copy 20 English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Included Copy 20 Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Included Copy 20 Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings
  • Included Copy 20 Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Included Copy 20 Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • Included Copy 7 Travel insurance, luggage handling
  • Included Copy 7 Optional shore excursions, wellness and spa treatments
Transportation
MS Fridtjof Nansen

500 in Antarctica (530) Passengers

MS Roald Amundsen

530 (500 in Antarctica) Passengers

Activities

  • Included Explore massive glaciers, icebergs, and witness stunning polar landscape
  • Included Science Center with fascinating lectures and activities on board
  • Included Shore landings in Antarctica
  • Included Zodiac cruising in Antarctica
  • Included Amazing wildlife opportunities, whale, seals, penguins and more!
  • Included Includes flights ex Australia and New Zealand *
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Duration

14 days

Price from

$8,752 USD

Per person, sharing

Based on a RS outside cabin

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